Ready to pay it forward? It’s the Good Neighbor Challenge!

August 10, 2017

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

We are the City of Good Neighbors.

Where exactly does that name come from?

It’s pretty simple.  And obvious. Turns out we’re just really nice people. We’re always there for each other during a time of need. Here to celebrate, too.  It’s all about our sense of community. Our sense of pride. And our sense of duty.

So, it’s no surprise that there would be a Facebook Group called Buffalo’s Good Neighbors. 

They are all about helping our community.

Manda Wieczorek is the page administrator. She contacted me and asked me to check out her page, and possibly share their story. 

Obviously, I said YES!

One of the reasons I started Totally Buffalo was to do just that. Highlight the amazing work people are doing in our own community. Turns out Manda is really making a difference. She’s got a few great things going on.

For starters – she has a project called Lunch On Us.

Every Sunday they pass out food to the homeless at Fireman’s Park. Sandwiches, pasta, salad, snacks, drinks and more. Not only that – they also bring essential hygiene items such as socks, underwear, tampons, deodorant, and more. Manda says it feels great to help others, “We love to involve and inspire the community in everything we do, so we offer the option of having folks provide sandwiches or any other part of the meal they wish to provide. We encourage volunteers as well!”

Check out their page for more information or to get involved. 

Here’s the other project – and this is pretty neat. It’s called the The Good Neighbor Challenge and it’s a great way to pay it forward. Here’s how it works.

Just head to their page and private message them your address. They’ll send you a card. Once you get it, do a random act of kindness for someone and give them the card… hopefully, they’ll pay it forward and continue the chain.  It’s a fun and easy way to spread kindness.

Here is a link to that page. 

For Manda – taking steps to bring more kindness to our community means the world, “It’s the most exciting and important part of my life! We are not only helping those who need a little bit of support, but also we are able to inspire kindness and encourage the community to get involved. We make sure that we make it as easy as possible for people to get involved.. lots of ways to do so, even with kiddos!”

Sounds like a perfect plan.




About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.






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